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16 Sep 2017
Denisova Australia

Robert sent in this link - go to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4883302/DNA-rewrite-story-Austra... .... where we have the idea that Australian Aborigines are descendants of Denisovans. I can't see anything particularly controversial about this as Europeans are thought to be descended from Neanderthals (who were contemporaries of the Denisovans). In both cases there is around 4 per cent of Denisova or Neanderthal DNA in modern populations - the rest of it has probably been diluted due to bottlenecks and mass die-offs during catastrophic events in the past.

16 Sep 2017
The Facts

'Climate Change; the Facts' is now available via Amazon and other online book stores. It is edited by Jennifer Marohasy and includes articles by Bjorn Lomberg, Matt Ridley, Peter Ridd, Willie Soon, Ian Plimer, Roy Spencer and Clive James. It has an Australian slant but contributions are from around the English speaking world. It includes an article by Anthony Watts. See for example https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/09/16/now-available-on-amazon-climate-c...

17 Sep 2017
New Guinea

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/huge-genetic-dive... ... a huge amount of genetic diversity has been found between different groups and tribes in New Guinea which seems to reflect the length of the period they have been living on the island. This matches the equally diverse number of languages and sub languages spoken on the island - 850 in number. Not only is Papua New Guinea diverse but there is also big differences between people living in the highland zone and those living in the lowlands and along the coastlines.

18 Sep 2017
Planet Amnesia

At www.planetamnesia.com/mankind-in-amnesia-eu-2017-talk-by-andrew-fitts/ ... begins by saying, those of use who followed the work of Velikovsky know that as a Freudian psychoanalyst he had a life long interest in a curious human pathology - what was originally called collective amnesia. In 1974 this morphed into cultural amnesia - 'Recollections of a Fallen Sky: Velikovsky and Cultural Amnesia'.

18 Sep 2017
Autumn Meeting 2017

We have a great line up of speakers at the 2017 Autumn Meeting in Watford (venue is the Quaker Meeting House in Church Road, a short step from Watford Junction station). These include Bob Johnson on the Sun and electromagnetic activities, Rupert Holms on the second book in his trilogy (the star core), Adrian Gilbert on the Stone of Scone (the various legends and history associated with it), and finally, Robert Porter on his revision of chronology (and his favoured location for the Exodus).

21 Sep 2017
Great Oxidation Event

Gary sent in this link to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4895642/Crust-change-billions-ye... ... changesin Earth's crust 2.4 billion years ago increased oxygen levels in the atmosphere and triggered an explosion of life. Oxygen increased 10,000 times over within a period of 200 million years (or that is the estimate in uniformitarian time scales). It sounds like that might need modifying.

21 Sep 2017
Zirconia

This link has been sent in by both William and Gary. At https://phys.org/print424941552.html ... a paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters claims that an impact crater in Canada produced the highest temperatures ever recorded on the planet;s surface. There is of course a lot of hype in that headline as this is the only instance energy produced heat has been measured in such a way - and other craters may yield temperature gradients just as high. The reference is to a lake crater inLabrador, 28 km across. It is dated 38 million years ago.

21 Sep 2017
Hershel Space Observatory

At https://phys.org/print425034601.html ... the Hershel Space Observatory has traced the present of water in space. The water molecule is present in star forming molecular clouds - and probably delivered delivered water from interplanetary debris to planets in our solar system.

21 Sep 2017
Easter Island Script

This is the first of two posts on Easter Island. At http://www.scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,459670,polish-researcher-... ... the rongorongo writing on Easter Island is thought to be a fairly recent invention - but this theory may be erroneous. Attempts to read it (by others) have proved difficult. Dr Rafael Wieczoreklu tried his hand to decypher the glyphs and thinks there may be an astronomical connection. It seems no other Polynesians used writing (or if they did it has not survived).

22 Sep 2017
Ice Sheet Yukon

At https://phys.org/print425033494.html ... in the first paragraph we learn the Mackenzie Trough westwards, including the Yukon part of the continental shelf system, is being researched in order to understand glaciation in north west Canada during the Late Glacial Maximum (and the events that brought it to an end). We are told, 'scientists have had to speculate on the extent and timing of glaciation because they've never been out there with equipment to collect data'.